24 May Which water should we be drinking?
Did you know water makes up 60 percent of our bodies? Every cell, tissue, muscle, and system requires water to run effectively which is why you should drink between eight and ten glasses of water daily.
When you’re putting something in your body that often, quality matters. Even though we pay a lot of attention to what we eat and drink, we often don’t know as much as we should about the water we’re drinking. This guide should help.
Tap water is the free flowing water that comes out of your water faucet that is managed and treated by our regional Departments of Health. They have the responsibility of monitoring the quality of the public water supply to ensure your tap water meets the enforceable standards as laid out in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. They check all tap water has been treated, which means that while your tap water may not be entirely contaminant-free, it shouldn’t contain a level of contamination that could pose a threat to human health.
Tap water is beneficial for everyone. It is safe for things like cooking, cleaning and laundry. Best of all it’s cheap, easy to access for most people and is a safe source of water right across Australia.
Bottled water is portable purified water that you can easily and conveniently buy whenever you’re thirsty. Biggest benefit to bottled water is it’s a very convenient way to access clean safe drinking water when you’re out. However, plastic bottles are a major contributor to harmful environmental waste. So when possible, try to pack a reusable bottle. Every bit helps our beautiful planet
Distilled water is sometimes called demineralised or demonised water. It is water that has everything removed including ions and minerals. It’s the purest form of water that you can get. It literally has nothing in it (good and bad). This means it has no contaminants, bacteria, minerals or nutrients. Its high level of purity makes it the water of choice in places like laboratories and factories. It is also good if you want to drink water that is completely pure. Distilled water has the highest level of purity and is almost sterile.
This is water that contains hydrogen molecules that act as powerful antioxidants. The claim is these molecules are capable of helping your body neutralise harmful free radicals that contribute to disease development, reduce inflammation and slow down ageing.
The hype around hydrogen water is based on a serious of studies conducted on mice. The studies appear to show that this type of water has mild anti-inflammatory effects, particularly on the development of diseases like Parkinson’s. Hydrogen water if good for those who are very health conscious and happy to pay extra money on something that may have health benefits – but not guaranteed.
Alkaline water is water that is at a pH level of 8 and above, which is higher than the pH of regular water. It has become more popular because research shows that an alkaline diet is generally good for health. Everyone can benefit from alkaline water because the human body thrives when it is able to maintain a slightly alkaline pH. Consuming alkaline water may be able to help in this regard.
Boiling your water is generally one of the cheapest and most effective ways to purify your water. This is because putting water in temperatures above 85° C will kill most pathogens within a few minutes. It is a great way to purify water and clean, safe and healthy to drink.
Technically the healthiest type of water is hydrogen water because of the potential health benefits of the antioxidants it contains. However, the truth is that even the healthiest type of water can only ever have minor health benefits. Hydrogen water and any other type of water on this list will not be able to repair an unhealthy diet or lifestyle.
The biggest health benefits from hydration come from drinking water itself regardless of what type of water it is. The truth is that any type of water is good for you so long as it is clean and free of impurities.